Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Midwives Association (IBI) calls for better placement of midwives throughout the country, given that only 45,875 out of 83,931 villages, or 55 percent, have midwives.

The IBI Central Board head Ade Jubaedah urged related ministries on Monday to ensure better placement of midwives in villages, considering there are many who graduate with the knowledge and also several villages requiring the expertise.

Citing the 2019 Health Facility Research (Rifaskes), she said that there are around 36,000 independent midwives clinics in Indonesia.

Jubaedah noted that the midwives can be employed as civil servants or contracted government workers to support the Health Ministry's program at public health posts.

Midwives in Indonesia need guidance and support in the form of regulation in the health sector, which can enhance their motivation to serve the public, she remarked.

Jubaedah also emphasized the need for collaboration and coordination to expedite the provision of high-quality services from midwives.

As of June 3, family planning services during a program to commemorate IBI's anniversary have reached 1,186,658, or 112.4 percent of the target set at 1,055,983.

The association, along with the National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN), has been awarded the National Record Museum (MURI) for the record of the most contraceptive implants installed in women simultaneously.

The implants by IBI were placed in 117,910 women in 34 provinces, exceeding the initial target of 110,877. It conducted simultaneous services for contraception at health facilities nationwide on May 8–31.

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